Today, Blur frontman Damon Albarn concerns himself with 16th-century alchemists, playing music in the aisles of speeding commuter trains, and how obnoxious those 2012 Olympic bed linen sets and pictogram aprons truly are. We here in the States know what it's like to be the center of Albarn's unwavering attention. During the 1990s, when Blur was at its creative apex, Albarn's lyrics and interviews endorsed an outright rejection of U.S. pop culture while advocating for a particular brand of Britishness.
|Blur's Damon Albarn|
Albarn loathed the mere idea of America. He loathed the fact that a place like America actually existed. He loathed the reality that America was just too ... American. He trotted out a clever term for what ails our country: bubble culture. "People feeling content," Albarn explained, "in these huge domes that have one temperature and are filled with lobotomized music." (Years later, Blur's "Song 2" would become an anthemic staple in temperature-controlled, domed sports stadiums across the U.S.)
So in honor of today's release of the mammoth, career retrospective Blur 21 -- a box set featuring all seven of the band's studio albums, four discs of rarities, three DVDs of unreleased footage, a collectible seven-inch record, and a book -- we have compiled a list of the songwriter's most acerbic lyrical digs at the U.S.More »